Y-Cam HomeMonitor HDS User Review

  • IT Troll
    Not well matched for a TV or Home Cinema Room
    Review of Y-Cam HomeMonitor HDS Home Distribution Product by IT Troll, Dec 6, 2015.
    For the most part I am happy with the camera and cloud services.

    However I am finding that if I watch TV with dimmed lighting it really confuses the Auto Night Vision feature. When scenes on the TV change from light to dark the infrared lamps will click on and off as the light level in the room changes. At times the relays will be constantly clicking on and off which soon becomes annoying. This happens even when motion recording is disabled in the schedule.

    I think some improvements could be made to the logic controlling when the infrared lamps are switched on. It would be far better if they only switch on when the camera is either being live monitored or motion recording is currently active. After all, what is the point of switching them on (and off and on and off and…) when the camera is not in active use?

    I made this suggestion in the User Ideas section of the HomeMonitor website 6 months ago and although they did respond saying that the development team would see if impovements could be made, nothing has changed.

    You can disable the Auto Night Vision feature completely, but then the camera will not be able to see in the dark during a scheduled motion recording period. The workaround I have resorted to is to cover over the camera whenever it enters a click frenzy. The danger of course is that I then forget to uncover the camera. As a result of this flaw I would not recommend this camera for monitoring a room with a TV or home cinema setup.

    Here is a video of the clicking in action:
    This item was purchased for £99 from Amazon UK in 2015. The reviewer still owns this product.


    • Easy setup
    • Cloud storage


    • Incessant clicking
    • Weak Wi-Fi

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    Ease of Use


    Video Quality


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